Best of Fall 2017

After a hiatus from trying to make great photographs over the past 18 months or so, I have recently become enlivened with photography again. Fall color in the Eastern Sierra was nothing short of spectacular this year – or at least it seemed that way to me! Fall colors may have come on a bit later than usual, as some have noted, but it was amazingly colorful in early...

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My Year in Photos: 15 from 2015

The Good… The Bad… …and the Beautiful… Onward to 2016!

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Rock Creek Wildflowers Published

A spectacular high Sierra Nevada valley is the subject of a new wildflower guide called Rock Creek Wildflowers, published by the California Native Plant Society. Little Lakes Valley, at the head of Rock Creek Canyon, has been a favorite of flower-lovers, hikers, anglers, climbers, and sight-seers for generations. Local botanist, Cathy Rose, and photographer, Stephen...

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Eureka Dunes Wildflowers

The Eureka Dunes is a magical place. Depending on the season and the weather, it can be brutally hot, incredibly windy and cold, or warm, calm and quiet. I was hoping for the latter, and it worked out well. It had been a few years since I had driven the bumpy 10-mile road out there, but friends had been raving about the wildflowers there, and had posted photos on the...

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Australian Wildlife

My wife, Karen, and I made a 3-week trip to Australia in the fall of 2013. Our goal was to see the tropical rain forests of Far North Queensland and the Top End (near Darwin), and to observe and photograph as much wildlife as possible. As a college student 30+ years ago, I was fortunate to spend 5 amazing months traveling throughout Australia with 20 other biology...

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Fall in the Desert

California’s Mojave and Colorado deserts get sporadic rainfall even during the best of times.  Winter and spring of 2013 was one of the driest, with very few desert annuals blooming in the spring. But then the summer monsoon brought a few huge rainstorms to the desert southwest, producing flash floods and washed out roads. July, August, and September were all wet...

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Cougar Cam

The use of camera traps has grown increasingly popular lately, especially at our house. My wife, Karen, gave me a simple camera trap as a Christmas gift last year, and we’d had pretty good luck capturing images of mule deer, gray foxes, ground squirrels, and birds and deer mice eating the seed we put out. This fall, we even got a bear feeding on apples in our...

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Mono Lake Aerial Survey for Eared Grebes

Hundreds of thousands of eared grebes spend the fall floating on Mono Lake gorging themselves on brine shrimp, and getting primed to migrate south into Mexico and Guatemala for the winter.  Mono Lake, which has been estimated to have as many as 2 million eared grebes in mid-October, is the most important fall staging location in North America, supporting nearly 1/3 of...

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G2 Gallery Show, Venice, CA

  I’m glad to be able to say that four of my images were chosen by the G2 Gallery as part of a show benefiting the Eastern Sierra Land Trust.  The G2 generously donates 40% of all photo sales to different environmental organizations and causes, and for this show they teamed up with Eastern Sierra Land Trust and seven eastside photographers.  All of the images...

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New Time-lapse Video Gallery

Due to overwhelming demand, I’ve finally added a new Gallery of nothing but time-lapse videos.  Some of these are also posted on You Tube, but you can click on the thumbnails and watch them without leaving my website (so convenient!).  And they’re short, mostly less than 30 sec, so you won’t be wasting your time, even by viewing them all.  So far...

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Nature’s Highest Art Form

Clouds are – both literally and figuratively – one of nature’s highest forms of abstract art.  Alfred Stieglitz, who had a passion for photography as Art, was the first photographer to photograph clouds “solely for their artistic merits.”  He called his series of cloud photographs Equivalents, and his cloud images are widely recognized as the first intentional...

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My Favorites from Past Year

Happy 2012! I am writing this post later than I had planned, but a New Year’s resolution (other than not procrastinating) got in the way, and well… I procrastinated.  Anyway, these are a few of my favorite images from this past year.  They aren’t necessarily my most marketable photos, but are my favorites of what I love to photograph, and I hope you...

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Eastern Sierra Time-Lapse Photography

If you don’t have hours to spend lying on your back watching the clouds float by, you can compress a few hours of photos into a minute or less, and enjoy the clouds in a time-lapse video. Since I’m a big fan of clouds, and because I’m lucky enough to live in one of the best cloudspotting locations on Earth, I’ve been making time-lapses of clouds for the past...

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Nocturnal Photography in the Owens Valley

While searching for an appropriate rock outcrop to light-paint in Buttermilk Country west of Bishop, I inadvertently found a large rock with a crack that looked familiar.  This was the rock made “famous” by Galen Rowell and his photo of “Split Rock and Cloud” on the cover of his book, “Mountain Light.”  I was after something altogether different, trying to...

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Aerial Photography in the Owens Valley

There is nothing like getting up in a small plane to give you the lay of the land, and there is no substitute for the perspective that an aerial photo can provide. I needed some images of the Bishop area for a book project I’m working on, and so I decided to hire Geoff Pope of Black Mountain Air Service to take me up for an early morning spin above the northern...

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